Some Tips For WattPad Users

I’ve been using WattPad for the past couple of weeks, and I thought that an article about it would be fun to write. Also, I found out this blog doesn’t have an article on WattPad yet, so I thought I’d break the ground and do a piece on it. Throughout this article, I will try…

Be Prepared

The Boys Scouts’ motto is “be prepared.” But I failed several times this year. What about you?

With the recent release of Ruth Ann Nordin’s and my anthology, Bride by Arrangement, published by Parchment and Plume, I realized I was not prepared.

What I Learned at An Empowerment Breakfast About Running a Business

Quick note: I wrote this back in September 2012 and never published it.  I’m going to do so now, but I don’t have time to reply to comments since life is hectic at the moment with published deadlines staring me in the face.  I’ll keep comments open if anyone wants to have a discussion, but…

How to Edit Your Twitter Profile (with screen caps)

I’ve gone back and forth about doing this post because, while so many authors use twitter, it isn’t  integral to the publishing business. But, after having to explain how to set wallpaper to yet another person via email, I decided there was a need for it. (Click on any of the images to make them…

Stuff You Might Want To Put On Your Blog

If you decide to blog (and you don’t have to so don’t feel guilty for not having one), there are some things that are good to have on it.  You don’t have to have them on it, but it’s worth mentioning.  These things will be on the other pages on the blog. 1.  A list…

To Blog or Not To Blog

Question: Do you NEED a blog? The answer is no.  You don’t need a blog.  Now, what I think you do need is a website.  If your blog is your website, that works but only if you want to blog.  If you don’t want to blog, you’re better off with a static website.  You can…

Conferences, Are They Worth It?

The short answer is “yes,” but the real question is why are they? Even after attending several of these, you wonder if you will learn anything new. But as usual, your doubts are put to rest after a conference speaker or two has presented. Perhaps you are interested in taking the traditional route. Conferences allow…

Self-Publishing Isn’t The Easy Way Out

Nothing about writing and publishing is easy, if your aim is to be professional.  The key here is professional.  There are no shortcuts if you want to be taken seriously.  Traditional publishing isn’t the easy way out.  There’s the vetting process, the editing, and the marketing.  There might not be a vetting process for self-publishing,…

Book Trailers

I don’t think book trailers are a huge way to promote your books to potential readers.  I mean, they can, but I’ve found they are more popular with people who are already fans of my books.  So I consider them to be for my fans. As a quick off-topic moment: In a writing group I’m…

Saying No is Hard to Do (But Sometimes You Have To)

We want to please others.  It’s natural.  You don’t want to rock the boat.  You want to be liked by everyone.  But the reality is that as a writer, your first concern is…well…writing.  But too many times other people come to us with a request, and we feel obligated to say yes.  One person asks…